Saturday, July 18, 2015

Let's start at the very beginning...

(Sound of Music style)

Let's start at the very beginnning, 
a very good place to start. 

When you read you begin with A, B, C.

When you sew you begin with a straight seam... (LOL)

Hello everyone!!!! OH, how I have missed YOU!! I know I have been away for far too long, and not only have I missed YOU...I have missed SEWING!!!!

A few of you even emailed me, or commented on my blog during my long absence, and I thank you for it. To be honest, I was so entrenched in family life and activities that sewing got squeezed out. And then somehow I messed up on my computer and deleted the file folder that contained all the photo content for my blog. That is why you see a lot of error symbols where those photos should be. I didn't have the heart to sort out that mess, so I let it be.  In fact, up until last weekend, my sewing room was in complete disarray, and I hadn't sewn a single stitch. I go again...starting from the very beginning.

You see, I just couldn't get myself to get rid of my blog. I thought about it. I really did! I kept thinking, "you're not really doing anything with it" and "who knows when you will sew again," but I couldn't let go of this space.

My love for blogging and sewing has never died. No matter how busy and crazy my life has gotten, this passion has continued to lie dormit. And now, I am ready to re-awaken it!

This is the reason why I AM BACK!

Road trip this summer with hubby & kids (my first time in braids)

I plan to sew for fun, and include things for my family as well.  For this reason, I decided to SUBSCRIBE to Ottobre Design Magazine!! Yay!

Here is the Spring/Summer issue I received for subscribing. There are SO many adorable patterns for kids!! I want to sew them ALL! Here are some of my faves:

This is the cutest jumper! I love the back detail too! Does this come in an adult size too? LOL!

Here is a dress with the same keyhole back feature! And, you can't go wrong with leggings. My daughter wears a lot of them.

These Bermuda shorts are just what my son wants!!  I love the father-son matching theme. My son, who is 8, still thinks matching his dad is cool.  He doesn't want me to show him love and affection, though.

Just so moms don't feel left out, there is a mother-daughter ensemble as well! Talk about awesome!

I even received the Fall/Winter issue as well, and it is just as amazing! 

I'll have to highlight this one in a future blog post, but I am really enjoying the brilliant designs Ottobre features. I often have a hard time sewing for my son, and the variety for his age is great, without looking outdated.

I am also trying another sewing magazine too! This one is called My Image. I have seen it around, and browsed some of their patterns from time to time, but never wanted to purchase it until their Fall/Winter issue came out.  

You'll have to take my word for it since I was too lazy to take photos of some of the styles in the magazine, but there is a great cardigan, a few tunics, dresses, leggings, and a jacket that are all lovely! You can browse the magazine here if you'd like to take a look for yourself. The magazine is super affordable, and I am looking forward to seeing how their patterns fit.

That's all I will reveal about my preparations for now. I have some more things to share with you in the coming days.

For now, I am glad to be back.

Here's to staying sew-filled!



  1. It's ok to take a break and come back when ready. I look forward to seeing your new projects. Also know that while I don't always comment, I do check in from time to time to see what you are working on. You are doing a wonderful job!

  2. I am soon happy to see you back! I have missed your blog posts. I know that sometimes life can get hectic but that is the fun of blogging -- the community is still here. Can't wait to see more from you!!

    1. Thank you Annie! The sewing community is wonderful!

  3. Welcome back Vanessa! SO happy to see you're back in the sewing saddle again--and I love the new look of your blog with all the flowers!!

    1. Thank you Kyle! It was time for a change.

  4. I thought about you the other, glad to see you back Vanessa!

  5. Well, welcome back! Trust me I understand, I have been there and have recently returned to sewing on a regular basis. Now it just getting the post done, lol. Glad to read everything and everyone are doing good. Take your time and let the creativity flow.

    1. Thanks Sabrina! I will be looking forward to your post!

  6. I was thinking, ooh you're going to LOVE Ottobre! So glad you got a sub...

    and welcome back!

  7. Welcome back! Love the colorful happy flowers.

  8. SO good to see you back on!! Hurray!!

  9. Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh you are back I check your blog often for pattern sale updates
    Glad to know you will be jumping back into the sewing saddle


  10. Hello! I'm so glad you're back. I was wondering where you went! I saw your comment on one of my blog posts and was going to respond to it but your post popped up before I had a chance to. The great thing about the sewing community is you can post when you want and when you come back people are glad to have you.

  11. It was interesting to see you visit my blog today as I had been wondering what happened to you. Glad to have you back and take it as slow as you need to accommodate your family.

  12. I'm so glad to see you are well. I love your hair! I subscribe to the women's Ottobre and I really love it. Very practical, basic but well drafted designs that tend to fit better than the big 4. Can't wait to see the matching outfits.

  13. Welcome back and don't fret...we all take a little "life hiatus" from time to time, its just the nature of being! Love the protective style on your too!


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